What Benefits does Bamboo Offer?
Bamboo is actually a tropical grass. It is one of nature’s most regenerative resources and can be harvested 8 weeks after planting! Through modern manufacturing, bamboo viscose is available for use as a fabric and even yarn. Certain kinds of bamboo have the strength of steel! Bamboo grows well in poor soil, and is often planted to rehabilitate degraded areas. Due to its shallow roots and ability to absorb carbon and nitrogen efficiently, bamboo rarely leaches nutrients from the soil it’s planted in.
Wet clothes irritate the skin and can allow bacterial colonies to build up. This natural wicking process allows skin to dry more quickly and will leave you more comfortable in those hot summer nights. Fabrics made from bamboo fiber are highly breathable in hot weather and also keep the wearer warmer in cold season. Bamboo is naturally cool to the touch. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes leading to much better moisture absorption and ventilation. Chafing, rashes and other uncomfortable irritations can occur when the moisture remains close to the skin, or doesn't evaporate quickly. It is also very warm in cold weather, because of the same micro structure as the warm air gets trapped next to the skin. Bamboo fiber absorbs and evaporates sweat very quickly. It's ultimate breathability keeps the wearer comfortable and dry for a very longer period. It is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton fabrics.
The natural anti-bacterial properties of bamboo fabric come from what is called “Bamboo Kun” (sometimes spelled Kunh). This is a natural agent produced as bamboo grows. Bamboo is rarely attacked by pests or infected by forms of pathogens. This same natural substance stays in the viscose even during the manufacturing process. It has been proven to inhibit the growth of odor causing bacteria and microbes.
New developments have allowed bamboo to have better Ultraviolet Protection than other fabrics. One study showed raw bamboo to have 60 percent better UV blocking ability than cotton!
Lanolin, a type of natural waterproofing for most animals is the main reason why people are allergic to animal based fabrics. Fortunately, bamboo fibers are free of lanolin which makes this a fool proof material if you are allergic to wool. If you are concerned about your skin, bamboo fabric is an excellent choice for you and your family’s health. Bamboo fiber is inherently deodorizing. Its strong wicking and drying properties will kill the bacterium that causes odors. If you have sensitive skin, dermatitis, or other allergies, bamboo’s organic and naturally smooth fibers are a life saver!
Bamboo has been compared to silk or cashmere. This wonderful fabric drapes like satin, yet is less expensive and much more durable. Viscose from bamboo fiber is thinner than human hair and very soft because it has a round and smooth surface. Unlike some other natural fibers such as hemp and even wool, the intrinsic silkiness of bamboo sheets is unlikely to cause allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to other natural fibers. Bamboo sheets are softer than the best cotton, partly because there are no harsh chemical treatments during the manufacturing process. The finished fibers are smooth and round; the soft texture pampers your skin and wraps you in comfort.
Bamboo recycles in so many ways! Bamboo helps to reduce water pollution through its high nitrogen consumption. It has shown to absorb 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide to 15 tonnes of trees per hectare. It can generate up to 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. When bamboo is cut down, a new shoot is produced and is ready for harvest in as little as a year. Compare this to cotton - harvesting cotton requires the devastation of the whole crop, drying out the soils and allowing carbon dioxide to leach into the atmosphere.
Bamboo is a naturally hardy grass. It is resistant to rot, mildew, and harmful microbes. Even termites won’t go near it! Its ability to grow in poor soil and harsh climates mean that growers don’t have to use pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Compare that to cotton: Only 2.4 percent of the world’s arable land is used for cotton. Cotton uses up to 24 percent of the world’s insecticide and 11 percent of global pesticides. Even organic cotton farming uses pesticides- copper and copper salts!
Easy to Care For
Bamboo clothing is easy to launder in a clothes washer and dryer. It is naturally more wrinkle resistant than cotton and, if need be, can be ironed at a lower temperature. Shrinkage is minimal at warm temperatures. Bamboo fibers and fabrics absorb dyes faster with more color clarity. They do not need to be mercerized to improve luster and dye capabilities like cotton. Machine wash with cold water with mild detergent, and tumble dry cool.
Another attractive property of bamboo is how breathable it is. Many people who wear this product state how much cooler they are, because this fabric doesn’t cling to the skin. Breathable fabric is also good for remaining odorless, even when attacked by odor causing bacteria.
Bamboo ensures that you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The ability is perfect to create an air barrier between you and the cold during the cold days. Bamboo’s wicking properties keep you cool on those hot and damp evenings. A cross section of original bamboo fiber is filled with numerous micro-fiber surface grooves, gaps, cracks and grooves, capillary like can in an instant absorb moisture and evaporate it.
Bamboo, being a very hardy grass, takes its ability to live and prosper from the field into your house. bamboo fibre has a high abrasion-proof capacity and also tenacity.The fibers are strong, durable, and resistant to most moisture related maladies present in your house. Bamboo is found in building material, fishing poles, flooring, kitchen utensils, bicycle helmets and even food.